Yesterday’s mention of Found magazine made us all nostalgic for a terrific photography exhibit we saw at the Getty this winter. Our Getty-going experience was slightly depressing: The grounds are as spectacular as promised, but it was rainy, post-tsunami weather (though the deep Getty pockets do mean free umbrellas—beige ones!—for the short trips from gallery to gallery), and the majority of the permanent collection wasn’t that thrilling. But the highlight was an exhibition called Close to Home: An American Album, a collection of found photographs of Americana from the 30s through the 60s—everything from photobooth strips (grouped by categories like “Buddies,” “Girlfriends,” “Women Wearing Hats,” etc.) to a series of large-scale pictures transferred from Kodachrome slides by the artist Guy Stricherz.
The exhibition is closed now, of course, but we just found out you can buy the book here! Highly recommended.
The best part? The exhibition has a new life online, where anyone can submit and caption photographs for public viewing: It’s a photo-based reality show! It’s a Getty wiki!
(It’s, um, generally better to pick photos of a certain vintage than evidence of your most recent trip to Olan Mills.)